Well, sh*t happens....Wade has been very good this year
Can't really bash him
people talk about the one+ year retirement -- him coming back and seemingly not loosing a step was great
however, what I think was worse, and one of the biggest blemishes on his resume as Yankee GM, was Cashman allowing Andy to escape to the Astros -- paying too much attention to Javy, Sheffield, etc instead of "locking down" Andy FIRST was a major mistake -- he gave the Astros an opening, and they swooped in -- by the time Cashman realized the problem, it was too late -- by then, even our higher offer wasn't enough to retain him
and, besides losing Andy, it had further repercussions -- all of a sudden, out of nowhere, we became interested in KB, taking him and his onerous contract and lousy attitude off of the Dodgers' hands (and we know how well THAT worked out for us!)
I believe that in some parallel universes where THEIR Cashman made sure that retaining Andy was priority one, a lot of Yankee history went better in subsequent years
Andy should have been like Mo, Jeter, and Georgie -- life-long pinstripers, from their draft until their ultimate retirement
Did the Yankees handle the situation poorly with Andy in the past, YES. It caused lots of diffent issues to come up in the ensuing seasons. He should have been treated with more respect than he was.
That is spilt milk and over; and I hope that ownership learned their own lesson; what worries me, is that they have NOT, and will do something stupid with Mo, when he wants to return after he rehabs this injury. Mo has no contract for next year, so both sides will have to sit down and 'work it out' for it to happen.
Besides his own pitching, it seems he has brought some leadership to our younger pitchers from what I read yesterday about Hughes and Pettitte. ALL GOOD!
if there was one positive from allowing Andy to slip through our fingers, it was the realization that if we want to retain our own free agents, that is the FIRST priority, more than "chasing" outsiders
Andy and his agent kept on being put on hold -- "we'll get back to you" -- while they saw Cashman trying to sign Javy, etc
I'm CERTAIN if we put anything close to our too-late offer on the table to begin with, Astros wouldn't have even tried to lure him away (remember, the Astros' GM said that their offer of "only" $10 Million was their only bid, and they were NOT about to be drawn into a bidding war to go higher -- we ultimately, but too late, offered $14 Million -- a Yankee opening offer of "only" $12 Million would certainly have precluded the Astros from even bothering sending in an "insulting" $10 Million offer)
yes, spillt milk, but the point is that after you've mopped up the mess (with or without shedding tears), you make sure that you don't drop another carton!
Hi ya Zen!
I heard you were at the game yesterday, cool! Bet you had a great time! I was sending you and the Yanks positive vibes the entire day! 'Bout wore me out, 4.5 hours!
(Great series huh?)
HAHA thank you for those vibes. It was a vibe wipeout day for sure Terry :)
Yes it was a great day for baseball and seeing Andy was wonderful. I haven't seen him pitch since he came out of retirement. I noticed something different this time when Andy got on the mound the first inning. Before he threw the first pitch he pointed separately to each infielder, getting their gaze and engaging them with a few words. Every single one of them. It was awesome. He is such a leader on and off the field!!!
And how SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP it is, Terry :D
I just hope the 'other carton' doesn't become Mariano, when it comes to signing a new contract with him for next year.
Mo has been very vocal about not wanting to leave the game, via injury, and wants to return. If the Yankees believe they can offer him a 'disrespectful contract number' because of what he has said, it could end up being a very distasteful situation. I hope not. I hope we learned from the lessons of the past.
The Fountain of Youth, was having a conversation with Nova after Nova was taken out of the game. That is another positve of having Andy, with us right now. Would the tying run not been given up if Andy was left in yesterday....who knows. I know he pitched well, and we won the game in the end.
Now back to Yankee Stadium and bring in the Braves. It will be a terrific plane ride home tonight. As tired as they may be, they won't feel it as much.
I can't predict what the Steinbrenner boys will do....I know what you mean when you write "I don't think that they'd dare".....but that is just it....it is US thinking; we have no part in the doing.
They could look at it as...he has the most saves in history...and Soriano is doing just a darn good job having replaced him....we don't need to offer him 'big bucks to return', if he wants to so badly.
Cool thing about Andy and his infield! I have always loved his ability and intensity. I've heard many of the former players say how much they loved playing with him because of his intensity.
I thought of you several times yesterday when it went to extras! It was sure cool to win that game and also todays of course!
Sweep cubed!!! (Sweep to the 3rd power) How about that sh*t!? ;-)